Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Open more shelter beds for Toronto’s homeless

Nurses know that housing is an essential determinant of health. In 2014, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, almost 20 per cent of Toronto households were in core housing need, while over 5,000 Torontonians resort to shelters on a given night. The occupancy rate in those shelters (96 per cent at the last report) is dangerously high. When temperatures plummet, people are at risk of not being able to find a warm place to sleep. This will result in deaths on the streets of Toronto.

During an upcoming meeting, of Toronto City Council scheduled for Dec. 5-7, 2017, members of city council will consider a series of recommendations from its Community Development and Recreation Committee, including declaring an emergency, opening 1,000 new shelter beds, and opening emergency shelters in the city’s armouries. RNAO sent a letter http://rnao.ca/policy/letters/emergency-action-shelter-beds to Mayor John Tory and members of council supporting these recommendations and the need to make more beds available.

We need you to immediately act and put pressure on Mayor Tory and all Toronto city councillors to address this dire situation. Sign this action alert

Copies will be sent to:

  • Mayor John Tory
  • Councillor Paul Ainslie
  • Councillor Sarah Doucette
  • Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon
  • Councillor Maria Augimeri
  • Councillor John Filion
  • Councillor Joe Mihevc
  • Councillor Ana Bailão
  • Councillor Paula Fletcher
  • Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong
  • Councillor Jon Burnside
  • Councillor Michael Ford
  • Councillor Frances Nunziata
  • Councillor John Campbell
  • Councillor Mary Fragedakis
  • Councillor Cesar Palacio
  • Councillor Christin Carmichael Greb
  • Councillor Mark Grimes
  • Councillor James Pasternak
  • Councillor Shelley Carroll
  • Councillor Jim Hart
  • Councillor Gord Perks
  • Councillor Josh Colle
  • Councillor Michelle Holland
  • Councillor Anthony Perruzza
  • Councillor Gary Crawford
  • Councillor Stephen Holyday
  • Councillor Jaye Robinson
  • Councillor Joe Cressy
  • Councillor Jim Karygiannis
  • Councillor Neethan Shan
  • Councillor Vincent Crisanti
  • Councillor Norm Kelly
  • Councillor David Shiner
  • Councillor Janet Davis
  • Councillor Mike Layton
  • Councillor Michael Thompson
  • Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker
  • Councillor Chin Lee
  • Councillor Lucy Troisi
  • Councillor Justin Di Ciano
  • Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti
  • Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
  • Councillor Frank Di Giorgio
  • Councillor Josh Matlow
  • Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
  • Hon. Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour
  • Hon. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long Term Care
  • Patrick Brown, Leader of the Official Opposition
  • Andrea Horwath, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Ontario
  • Jeff Yurek, P.C. Critic – Health and Long Term Care
  • France Gélinas, NDP Critic – Health and Long Term Care
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